clean up, typos fixed: 1970's → 1970s (4)
Buckingham was born in Palo Alto, California. He was a swimmer in his youth, dropping out to become a rock guitarist, joining up with singer Stevie Nicks to form Buckingham Nicks, they recorded one album before their record label dropped them, but Mick Fleetwood heard a track from that album, and they joined Fleetwood Mac in 1974, which went on to have major success in the
1970's and 1980's, with Buckingham as the lead male vocalist and Nicks (his then-girlfriend) as lead female vocalist. Later Nicks & Buckingham split, but remained in the band. In the early 1980's Buckingham, Nicks and fellow female vocalist Christine McVie had solo successes, Buckingham's first solo album, ''Law and Order'', sold well, had a ''Billboard'' Top 10 single, "Trouble", and featured guest appearances by Fleetwood and McVie. His second, ''Go Insane'' was a success, with [[Go Insane|the title track]] reaching #23. His other work during this period included soundtrack contributions to ''Back To The Future'' and ''National Lampoon's Vacation'', as well as appearing on the USA For Africa relief single "We Are The World". He left Fleetwood Mac in 1987 and released his third album in 1992, ''Out of the Cradle'', which was critically praised but didn't sell well, despite his touring for the first time as a solo act. That would be his last solo release for 14 years, in 2006 he released an acoustic album, ''Under The Skin'', and in 2008 his most recent solo project, ''Gift of Screws''.
In 1992 he rejoined Fleetwood Mac at the request of then-President Bill Clinton to perform the song "Don't Stop" (used heavily during his 1992 campaign) at the Inaugural Ceremony, but was a one-time appearance, and in 1997 the entire original lineup reunited and toured for the first time in 15 years. Buckingham is still involved with Fleetwood Mac, who is still together (except for Christine McVie, who left in 1998 and has not returned) and touring. In 1998 Buckingham was inducted (along with the entire Fleetwood Mac band) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Buckingham and Nicks were romantically involved from the early
1970's until during the recording sessions for ''Rumours'', when they broke up. He also was involved with Carol Ann Harris, an aspiring model, from that time until around 1984. In the late 1990's Buckingham began a relationship with Kristen Messner, which resulted in a son, William Gregory (born 1998), In 2000 the couple married, and have since had two more children: Leelee (born 2000) and Stella (born 2003). Buckingham had a brother, Greg, that won a silver medal in the 1968 Olympics, but died suddenly in 1990.